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Jun 2, 2020

Researchers discover a new type of matter inside neutron stars

Posted by in categories: particle physics, space

A Finnish research group has found strong evidence for the presence of exotic quark matter inside the cores of the largest neutron stars in existence. They reached this conclusion by combining recent results from theoretical particle and nuclear physics to measurements of gravitational waves from neutron star collisions.

Jun 2, 2020

Racism in science: the taint that lingers

Posted by in category: science

Angela Saini’s book indicts a destructive bias in research, writes Robin G. Nelson.

Jun 2, 2020

Elon Musk’s Starlink growing bigger and bigger

Posted by in categories: disruptive technology, Elon Musk, space

SpaceX launching again this week, if all goes as planned.

Starlink deployment in orbit.

SpaceX is at it again. Love it or hate it, Starlink is growing again. The company is getting ready to launch the next batch of 60 satellites into orbit in just a few days. The original launch was postponed until after the successful launch of the crew dragon Demo-2 mission for NASA.

Now that the astronauts successfully docked with the International Space Station, SpaceX turns its focus back on Starlink. This launch, originally planned to launch before the Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission, now looks promising for a launch this week.

The constellation consists of thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit adds up quickly. Each Falcon 9 launch gets packed full of sixty Starlink satellites. 60 satellites neatly fit in both size and mass limitations of the Falcon 9’s reusable configuration. Elon’s company delivered more than 420 satellites into orbit to date.
SpaceX now plans to loft the next batch into space Wednesday around 9:25 p.m. EDT. Visitors at the Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad should be able to witness the launch so long as the weather holds out… and the weather is looking promising.

A one-hour launch window for the Starlink mission opening at 8:55 p.m. EDT (0055 GMT). If the launch gets scrubbed, SpaceX will cycle again for another attempt. The prior attempt at launch got scrubbed because of Tropical Storm Arthur and the associated high winds. As an additional complication for SpaceX launches, the rough seas in the recovery area where SpaceX’s drone ship waits made a landing of the Falcon 9 risky.

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Jun 2, 2020

The supervolcano that can wipe out the U.S. and kill billions may be overdue for an eruption

Posted by in category: existential risks


An extinction events expert sounds a dire warning.

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Jun 1, 2020

Toronto artificial intelligence startup creates disease screening tool for retail stores

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, robotics/AI

An artificial intelligence development company out of Toronto has introduced some fancy new tools to help businesses operate more safely during the pandemic.

Predictmedix’s technologies allow stores and other establishments to screen customers for symptoms of COVID-19 before they enter, and they can even tell when people aren’t properly social distancing or wearing masks while inside.

The firm’s Infection and Protocol Screening machines — which take the form of standalone pods or walk-through booths — use AI, infrared thermography and multispectral cameras to detect symptoms within seconds, and can even recognize cognitive impairment from substances like alcohol or illnesses like dementia.

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Jun 1, 2020

An International Team of Scientists Uncovered Exotic Quantum Properties Hidden in Magnetite

Posted by in categories: energy, quantum physics

An international team of scientists uncovered exotic quantum properties hidden in magnetite, the oldest magnetic material known to mankind. The study reveals the existence of low-energy waves that indicate the important role of electronic interactions with the crystal lattice. This is another step to fully understand the metal-insulator phase transition mechanism in magnetite, and in particular to learn about the dynamical properties and critical behavior of this material in the vicinity of the transition temperature.

Magnetite (FeO4) is a common mineral, whose strong magnetic properties were already known in ancient Greece. Initially, it was used mainly in compasses, and later in many other devices, such as data recording tools. It is also widely applied to catalytic processes. Even animals benefit from the properties of magnetite in detecting magnetic fields – for example, birds are known to use it in navigation.

Physicists are also very interested in magnetite because around a temperature of 125 K it shows an exotic phase transition, named after the Dutch chemist Verwey. This Verwey transition was also the first phase metal-to-insulator transformation observed historically. During this extremely complex process, the electrical conductivity changes by as much as two orders of magnitude and a rearrangement of the crystal structure takes place. Verwey proposed a transformation mechanism based on the location of electrons on iron ions, which leads to the appearance of a periodic spatial distribution of Fe2+ and Fe3+ charges at low temperatures.

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Jun 1, 2020

Return to the lab: scientists face shiftwork, masks and distancing as coronavirus lockdowns ease

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

As countries around the world begin lifting pandemic lockdowns, researchers are entering a new phase of work — donning masks with their lab coats, staggering hours in laboratory spaces and taking shifts on shared instruments. Some universities have created detailed plans to track and test staff, and many have limited the capacity of indoor spaces and the flow of people through hallways and entrances. For others, post-lockdown plans are still taking shape. And whereas some universities have worked in lockstep with governments to formulate safety plans, others have charted their own paths.

As scientists around the world return to work, they’re encountering new safety rules and awkward restrictions — and sometimes writing the protocols themselves.

Jun 1, 2020

NASA is bringing back one of its most experimental and dangerous programs

Posted by in category: space

Decades of work could finally pay off.

Jun 1, 2020

Ned David, Ph.D.: How cellular senescence influences aging, and what we can do about it

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

“What you see in these diseases of aging is often the sort of unintended consequences of a system that was absolutely awesome for the young, at the expense of the old.” — Ned David.

Jun 1, 2020

LIVE Multi-Streams of Protest Escalated to Next Level — Live Uncensored & Uncut

Posted by in category: futurism


The footage shown on this video is not our own content. We are viewing streams of other users who are out there risking their lives to show us what is happening. We can not control what is being shown, as such we do not take any responsibility.

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